Career Outlook and Growth
Growing Job Market and Attractive Careers in Healthcare
Careers in medical billing and coding, health information management, and healthcare administration provide a rewarding work environment and job security in a growing industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA):
- Careers in this industry are among the 20 fastest-growing occupations in the United States.1
- Jobs are expected to increase by 10 to 14 percent by the year 2026—faster than the average for all other occupations.1
- The industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified employees. 1
Bryan University can fast-track you to success, giving you the education, skills, and confidence to qualify for a great job in less than a year!
Enjoy the flexibility to choose from a range of career paths, such as:
- Certified Medical Biller and Coder – assign codes to patient records using ICD, CPT, and HCPCS codebooks for different diagnoses and medical procedures for in-patient and out-patient settings
- Medical Records Technician – work to organize, monitor, update and maintain healthcare providers’ electronic medical records
- Medical Secretary – patient intake, insurance verification, and medical record creation
- Medical Office Assistant – responsible to help keep the healthcare organization running smoothly and efficiently by coordinating operations
Preparing now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.
With a degree from Bryan University, find opportunities to work in a variety of healthcare settings:
- Physician Offices
- Law Offices
- College Health Departments
- Military and VA Facilities
- Home Health Agencies
- Mental Health Facilities
- Public Health Agencies
- Insurance Companies
- Physician Offices
- Health Product Vendors
- Nursing Home Facilities
- Rehabilitation Facilities
- Urgent Care Clinics
- Surgery Centers
- Home Health Agencies
Your future job will demand career-specific skills, which is exactly what you’ll be working on throughout the Advanced Medical Billing, Coding and Electronic Health Records (AMBC) program of study. Guided by healthcare experts with real-world experience, Bryan University’s curriculum is built around what the industry needs.
Gain the Skills Employers Need
In our interactive, cutting-edge online classrooms, your courses will cover:
- Medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, pathology, and pharmacology.
- The United States healthcare system organization and delivery, including healthcare information systems.
- Components of the healthcare record; how it is created, stored, and protected.
- Translation of diagnoses, conditions, and procedures into medical codes using a variety of standard formats, including ICD, CPT, and HCPCS.
- Leadership competency to monitor personal and group productivity and make recommendations for improvements in record quality and employee performance.
Benefits for You
As a Bryan student, you’ll receive these additional benefits:
- Membership to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) during the latter half of your program.
- Certification preparation for the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
- The cost for one exam attempt is included in the program tuition, in addition to all books and courseware!
Bryan University’s AMBC program was developed based on current competencies outlined by AHIMA and students fully utilize the AHIMA Virtual Lab (Vlab). This lab gives you real-world experience with industry technologies and software applications that employers actually use in the workplace. Examples include:
- HealthPort ROI: learn to log and analyze release of patient information requests online.
- Cerner PowerChart: learn to navigate the electronic health record (EHR).
- 3M Coding & Reimbursement: gain familiarity with encoder software tools and ICD-9 and ICD-10 codebooks.
- Nuance Quantim Encoders: gain familiarity with encoder software tools and ICD-9 and ICD-10 codebooks, including CPT and HCPCS codebooks.
Connect with an Online Community Like No Other
At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smart phone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community who will provide support and celebrate your success along the way. You’ll not only develop friends and colleagues, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.
Further Your Education at the Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree Levels
Once you complete your medical billing and coding certificate, you may consider continuing your education at the associate and bachelor’s degree levels. Bryan University offers an Associate Degree in Health Information Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration. If you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your Bryan program.
1Please visit www.onetonline.org (classification codes 29-2071.00 and 43-6013.00) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017-18 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm. Also see American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) on the internet at: http://www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo, visited on March 20, 2018.
Meet the Program Director
“This program is truly like no other – in addition to the many benefits provided to students, the program is aligned with the modern healthcare marketplace so that students are job-ready upon graduation.”
– Marjorie Rosen, AS, BA, MBA Healthcare, AHIMA RHIT
The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program prepares students to gain entry-level employment in the exciting and growing field of medical billing and coding. The program focuses on the skills related to coding medical conditions and procedures, and the subsequent use of these codes in billing and reimbursement. Students acquire the needed skills of a medical coder in a variety of healthcare environments, as well as ensuring the ongoing quality of medical records, in preparation for passing a chosen certified exam, such as the AHIMA Certified Coding Associate (CCA).
The program includes core curriculum in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, inpatient and outpatient coding, health information and delivery systems, reimbursement, law, compliance, and healthcare technologies. Hands-on, practical experience is the focus of the program, which utilizes the AHIMA Virtual Laboratory enabling students to solve problems that simulate those issues encountered in the modern healthcare marketplace, and also includes an externship program to gain actual workplace experience and networking opportunity.
Program offered 100% online.
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 36 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.
UNV-101S—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing and presentations.
BIO-100S—Medical Terminology—3.0 credits
This course will provide students with a foundation in medical terminology. Students will learn strategies for memorizing and recalling medical terms, and a broad array of medical terms common in the health care professions.
BIO-105S—Anatomy and Physiology—3.0 credits
A course covering the systems that comprise the human organism.
BIO-115S—Pathology and Disease Process & Pharmacology—3.0 credits
This course will cover the development and progression of disease within the systems of the human body. Students will also learn about the pharmaceuticals that interact with certain diseases and conditions.
HIM-100—Introduction to Health Information Technology—3.0 credits
This course provides the student an overview of the profession of health information management and its role in t he healthcare delivery system. Students are introduced to the major HIM department functions and department inter – relationships.
HIM-105—Understanding the Healthcare Record—3.0 credits
This course focuses on the acute care health record including accreditation, certification, and licensure content and documentation standards. Students review author responsibilities and the quantitative and qualitative record review processes.
HIM-110—ICD Diagnosis Coding and Application—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to coding using the ICD classification system. The student will learn how to use the ICD code book and will assign and sequence ICD codes for diagnoses in accordance with ICD coding conventions and the Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting in selected areas and body systems.
HIM-120—ICD Procedure Coding—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to coding using the ICD classification system as it relates to coding procedures. The student will assign and sequence ICD codes for procedures of selected body systems, in accordance with ICD coding conventions and the Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.
HIM-130—ICD Procedure Coding Applications—3.0 credits
This course is continuation of HIM-120. The student will apply what they learned in HIM-120, coding procedures using the ICD code book, ICD coding conventions and the “Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting,” to assign and sequence ICD codes for procedures in selected areas and body systems.
HIM-140—Healthcare Insurance and Reimbursement—3.0 credits
This course provides students with an overview of US healthcare reimbursement systems, the roles and responsibilities of healthcare third-party payers, and the billing process, including concepts of revenue cycle management. Advanced coding concepts such as the use of codes in reimbursement systems, ethical and compliant coding, and additional vocabularies, terminologies, and classification systems will also be discussed. Utilization of coding tools such as groupers and computer-assisted coding will be included.
HIM-150—CPT and HCPCS Coding—3.0 credits
This course will introduce students to the CPT manual and coding structure. Students will assign CPT and HCPCS codes according to established guidelines and reporting requirements. R
HIM-200—Healthcare Law & Ethics and Application—3.0 credits
This course provides students with an understanding of the laws and ethics covering the practice of health information management. This course also addresses the U.S. court system, the concepts of privacy and confidentiality, and the release of information procedures. Also, students will continue to gain industry experience by utilizing a virtual lab environment, applying program knowledge and competencies.
Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.
Mary Bynum, DHA, RN, CCM
Associate Director of Performance, Excellence and Accountability, United Health Group
Professor of Health Policy, Ohio University
Advisory Member, Bryan University
Dr. Mary Bynum possesses a Bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the Ohio State University as well. In 2015, she obtained a Doctorate in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a certified case manager with the Commission of Case Management.
Dr. Bynum has an extensive background in leadership, education, administration, and public policy. She is a professor at Ohio University and Columbia Southern University. In addition, she is a senior project manager on the performance, excellence, and accountability team for United HealthCare. In 2011, Mary was governor appointed to serve as the health care policy analyst for the state of Ohio under the direction of governor Kaisch.
Dr. Bynum is extremely compassionate about serving vulnerable populations. Her countless years of volunteerism is reflections of her commitment to serving individuals that are in need. She is a board member of the Franklin County Children Service Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) whose objective is to ensure children and families who have triumphed over major life challenges are recognized and supported.
Dr. Bynum has severed as a Committee Member for the Ohio Statewide Health Disparities Collaborative, the Human Trafficking Taskforce, and the Ohio HIV Steering Committee. As a National Healthcare Speaker and mother of two boys (London and Roman) Dr. Bynum’s motto is “The best legacy we leave is not for our children, but in our children” Debra Roberts.
Gary Gant, MPH, MBA
Public Health Analyst, U. S. Department of
Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.
Advisory Member, Bryan University
A Community-Oriented Public Health practitioner by training, Gary is currently a Public Health Analyst with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations in Region 10, which is comprised of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Gary is currently the HRSA regional lead for rural health, chronic disease, community engagement and tribal health.
Prior to joining HRSA, Gary was an Executive Officer for the VA Puget Sound Health Care System where he served as the Privacy and Freedom of Information Act Officer. Gary has also worked in various consulting and advisory positions in public health; he was the Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Washington State Department of Health’s Immunization Program and has worked as a Health Policy Analyst for several public health organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
Gary has an M.P.H in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice from the University of Washington and a M.B.A. in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University. Gary has received various public health fellowships, including the Quentin Burdick Fellowship in Rural Health and the Tobacco Scholars Career Development Fellowship, and received the HRSA Administrator’s Special Citation Award in 2015 and 2016 for outstanding performance.
Richard Mutyabule, MD
Physician Scientist/Project Coordinator Reproductive Endocrinology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Advisory Member, Bryan University
Dr. Richard Mutyabule is an accomplished Clinical Study Physician with in depth knowledge in Global Clinical Trials and cutting-edge therapeutics. He attained his Primary Medical degree from Uganda. He completed his fellowship in Oncology and Immunology in the United Kingdom. He is a beneficiary of the Skilled Careers in Life Sciences grant through the Boston University School of Medicine and has special interests in Cardiovascular medicine, Onco-immunology, Cancer therapeutics and Pharmacovigilance.
He brings his wealth of knowledge in Clinical medicine to areas of Global health, Health policy and Infectious diseases.
Sheryl Richard, PhD, MA, PMP
Contributing Faculty/Doctoral Dissertation Chair, Walden University, School of Health Services
Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare Management, Herzing University
Advisory Member, Bryan University
Dr. Richard “lives teaching” with wide experience in higher education. Dr. Richard serves as Contributing Faculty/Dissertation Committee Mentor (Supervisory Committee Member) for Walden University’s PhD Health Services/Dr. Healthcare Administration program. Dr. Richard also fulfills the role of Adjunct Faculty for Herzing University’s Online Healthcare Management program, teaching various undergraduate courses. In this capacity, she has conducted course evaluation and course development.
In addition, Dr. Richard is a certified Project Management Professional with over 25 years of related industry experience, particularly IT projects on federal contracts (nuclear waste storage) and local government (county.) She has worked for more than 15 years in the health and wellness arena, the field in which she currently performs as a Certified Professional Health and Wellness Coach and Coach Concierge with functions including mentoring, facilitating, and training.
Dr. Richard earned her PhD – Health Services: Community Health from Walden University; Master in Organizational Management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix; and Bachelor in Business Administration/Management Information Systems (BSBA/MIS) from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her research interests include healthcare delivery/systems, whole-person health and well-being, physical activity, coaching/mentoring, education, single mothers, vulnerable populations, health disparities, preventable chronic disease, culture, encouragement, self-acceptance, socio-economics, as well as qualitative research and methodology.
Dr. Richard’s passion is encouraging people to be, do, live, and give their best. Likewise, she is passionate about educating through engaging and challenging individuals in taking charge of their education and overall well-being.
Jeffrey Smoot, D.C.Sc, MBA, BIT, CSM
Founder and Chief Scientist, Interactive Healthcare Designs
Advisory Member, Bryan University
Dr. Jeffrey Smoot has a Bachelors in Information Technology, Masters in Business Administration, and Doctorate in Computer Science.
He has been involved in the healthcare industry since 1988 for major healthcare systems in the United States. With extensive knowledge in Biomedical Technology, PACS Administration, Cardiovascular Information Systems, Healthcare Informatics and Healthcare IT, he has performed doctoral research on the reduction of Noscomial infections in hospital through touchless interfaces.
His main interest of research is in the area of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality development for Healthcare Cardiology, he has been the keynote speaker at the 2015 Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society Annual Convention, Colorado Technical University Alumni Board member.
Currently he is a Professor at Trident University International in Healthcare Informatics and Business Systems Analyst Lead for Cardiology at major Healthcare System. Dr. Smoot is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Interactive Healthcare Designs, which develops innovative technologies for healthcare in the space of Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality and Human Computer Interaction.
Manny Soto-Griego, RHIA
HIM Director, Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS)
Advisory Member, Bryan University
Manny Soto-Griego, RHIA – is a health information management (HIM) professional with over 30 years of healthcare experience in healthcare consulting, revenue cycle operations, electronic health record (EHR) applications, document management, and project management. Manny has served in administrative, interim management, and consulting capacities within large academic and urban hospitals. His experience in the healthcare industry has focused on improving operational and financial performance in a variety of healthcare settings. Manny is the HIM Director for Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) in Phoenix, Arizona.
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